A 16-year-old is changing the world for people with speech impairment with a home-made invention.
Arsh Shah Dilbagi, who hails from Panipat, Haryana, has developed a device called TALK’ which converts breath into speech.
He was among the 15 finalists selected for the prestigious Google Science Fair Awards and was the only finalist from Asia. Besides this Arsh was honoured by former president Pratibha Patil for developing a working prototype of an Autonomous UGV.
The device comes as a blessing for people with developmental disabilities, like Locked-In Syndrome and ALS.
It took Arsh three months of research and another seven months to build the final prototype.
The device uses signals from a person’s breath via Morse code.
The code is picked up by a sensor and is converted into speech. It comes with 9 voice settings for different genders and age groups and has two modes – one for language communication and the other for command phrases.
TALK can be made available at a price less than $100 (Rs. 6000), which would make it the cheapest such device.
It is also light and portable, and weighs like a regular phone. It can run for over two days on a single charge.
Arsh wants to add auto-predictions to his computing engine and integrate ‘TALK’ with modern technology like Google Glass to make it easier for people with developmental disabilities.
Arsh, a student of DAV Public School, said:
“Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices available in the market are very expensive, slow, bulky and not generic. I decided to find a better solution.”
How TALK works:
Describing himself as a Roboticist, Arsh says:
“I’ve always been fascinated by the power of Science and Mathematics. In 2010 my parents gifted me a LEGO Mindstorms Kit and since then I have never stopped making & learning.”
Citing Steve Jobs as his inspiration, Arsh says, “Keep on following your instincts and flow with the flow.”